UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Cotswold Stone Cottage With Sunset Views From Every Room, Near Minchinhampton Common

Detached stone cottage with spectacular sunset views from patio and every room. Recently extended with large triple glazed centrally heated kitchen diner to enjoy the views from, and new shower room and utility. Quiet library of varied books and b...

Peaceful Location, Stunning Views, Fantastic Countryside

The cottage is in a farm location on the side of the Taw Valley with magnificent views of the valley and Exmoor. The coast and beaches are just 25 minutes drive away. The warm indoor pool is fed from spring water. There is only one holiday cottage...

DIRECT WATER FRONT WITH PRIVATE ACCESS TO THE SEA. Gorgeous home private garden

Choose from either of our 2 properties, Westwing or Waterside. WESTWING Pretty direct seafront 5 star cottage in a peaceful location right on the edge of the sea. Own large garden, patio, water’s edge terrace. 2 master bedroom suites, each wi...

Rural position close to Tintagel, Boscastle and Trebarwith Strand

With the little river flowing past the patio, this is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy a barbecue or have a relaxing breakfast in the morning sunshine. In an area of outstanding natural beauty, this is a delightful place for nature lovers and t...

Melkington Lodge Cornhill-On-Tweed

A charming and beautifully presented period cottage set in a pretty garden with fabulous far reaching views to the Cheviot Hills. The accommodation, which is presented to an extremely high standard, comprises a cosy sitting room with open fire (l...

Keeper Cottage Cornhill-On-Tweed

Keeper Cottage is part of the Courtyard Cottages which were once the stables and grooms' quarters for the Tillmouth Park Estate. Keeper Cottage is the only detached cottage and is set apart slightly from the other cottages. It’s the perfect spot f...

Adorable 17th century cottage nestled in a quiet country lane.

In a winsome 17th century Georgian terrace nestled in a quiet country lane is a romantic little hideaway for 4 (and up to 5 with sofa bed). Picturesque country walks following in the footsteps of Jane Austen offer sweeping views of the city in one...

Brunton Burn Embleton, Near Alnwick

A stylish, peaceful hideaway, Brunton Burn is the perfect retreat for couples just a few minute's drive or gentle two mile amble across fields to the beach. From the immaculate rear courtyard, steps from the front door lead to the light, bright a...

The Potting Shed Earlston

The Potting Shed is a pretty, cosy yet quirky hideaway resting at the foot of the landscaped gardens of Garden Cottage. Once a humble garden outbuilding, it has been lovingly and tastefully restored, and transformed into a well equipped, eco frie...

Bowmont Cottage Kirknewton

Set in an idyllic position nestled amidst the foothills of the Cheviot Hills, the cottages at Crookhouse comprising Bowmont Cottage and neighbouring College Cottage offer outstanding, far reaching views over the Cheviots and the Northumberland Nat...
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